There are many things I could write about today. Perhaps this Slate article on the proposed Islamic community center in New York. It's certainly one of the fairest pieces I've read on the issue. Rachel Held Evans also weighed in, examining Christians' response or, rather, what a Christian response should be to our Muslim neighbors. I should probably mention that my niece-in-love Anna definitely attempts to say my name, even if it comes out sounding like "Dee." I'll still take it. I could also write about the many scandals occurring on my favorite reality tv shows. Bachelor Pad, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Rachel Zoe Project...how I love thee so.
Erin McCarley was the opening artist, which I was excited about. She's an artist I've been meaning to listen to ever since I heard her song "Love, Save the Empty." I will definitely be buying her CD! She's working on a new album and I loved the songs that she's been working on.
Ray LaMontagne. I have to confess that I've been a casual fan until more recently. He's an artist that I've always appreciated, always planned to buy the CD (off my towering list of Must-Haves), and always planned to go to a show. I will say this much: he's worth the wait. I bought his new CD this past week to redeem myself and it was fun hearing those songs performed live with his talented band, The Pariah Dogs. You can listen to the CD here. I am in love with his voice. It's hypnotic and mesmerizing, whether he's crooning "You are the Best Thing" or growling "Repo Man." I told Elizabeth that I would like to marry Ray and bear his children. Yep, I'm full on drooling over an artist I will likely never meet. (And is probably already married!) While I know it'll never happen, it was not enough to simply say that I adore this artist. Thus, my grand declaration.
David Gray was a great performer. I'm not as big of a fan of his but it was fun to listen and see how excited the crowd was. He certainly does inspire some interesting dancing from his fans! All in all, a fantastic night.